Innovation in Action
The Alternative Services program brings service to parts of King County that don't have the infrastructure, density, or land use to support traditional fixed-route bus service. In such areas, alternative transportation services may be a better match for community transportation needs. They may also be more cost-effective.
This 2-year demonstration project is an opportunity to experiment with innovative transportation models. By partnering with local governments, King County Metro will develop transportation options tailor-made to the needs of the community.
Goal 1: We will seek alternative services that…
- More effectively serve communities where fixed-route transit may not be cost-effective.
- Match services to an area’s land use and infrastructure characteristics.
Goal 2: We will seek opportunities to…
- Collaborate with stakeholders to design a service that meets their needs.
- Partner with communities to deliver and market these services.
- Develop services that can be sustained over time.
What are alternative services?
There are a wide variety of transportation alternatives to fixed-route transit service. Learn more about these options:
Putting alternatives into action
Strong community partnerships are the key to a successful alternative services project. Thanks to the contributions and efforts of our municipal partners, alternative services are already rolling out across the county!
The King County Council approved $12 million for alternative services in the 2015-2016 biennium. The framework for the Alternative Services program is laid out in the Five-year implementation plan for alternatives to traditional transit service delivery which was adopted Sept. 2012.
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